About: Jacques Chirac

Global Europe 01-10-2019

World leaders bid farewell to Jacques Chirac

World leaders, past and present, stood in silence in Paris on Monday (30 September) at a funeral service for Jacques Chirac, the French leader remembered at home for his folksy charisma and abroad for opposing the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Global Europe 30-09-2019

World leaders set for final tribute to France’s Chirac

Dozens of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, were expected in Paris on Monday (30 September) to pay their final respects to France's late president Jacques Chirac as the country holds a national day of mourning for its charismatic former head of state.
Politics 27-09-2019

One or two (in)famous Chirac quotes on Europe

For many people in France, Jacques Chirac is remembered fondly for his unbridled taste for food, wine and all the good things life has to offer. In Europe though, he leaves a mixed legacy. EURACTIV brings you a non-exhaustive round-up of notorious Chirac quotes and slip-ups.
Politics 27-09-2019

A reminder of Jacques Chirac’s U-turn on Europe

During his political career, Jacques Chirac, who died on Thursday (26 September), made a complete U-turn on Europe, from calling Europe a "mollusc" in 1979 to becoming a European of reason, then of heart.  EURACTIV's partner Ouest-France reports.
Politics 26-09-2019

Former French president Chirac dies, world leaders pay tribute

Former French president Jacques Chirac, a colossal figure in France’s politics for three decades, has died at the age of 86, his family told AFP on Thursday (26 September). The centre-right Chirac rose to prominence as mayor of Paris before...
Economy & Jobs 18-07-2019

Cables reveal how Britain tried to turn France against the euro in the 1990s

British diplomats tried to establish a "very private link" with former French president Jacques Chirac with the "unavowed aim" of exposing him to the risks of a European currency union, declassified documents revealed Thursday (17 July).
Elections 16-06-2017

Could proportional representation work for France?

France is mulling the introduction of proportional representation for its next legislative election. It could take inspiration from its European neighbours, all of which – bar the United Kingdom – use a version of PR. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.
Elections 08-05-2017

Macron, the Fifth Republic’s unusual eighth president

Just one year after making his big political gamble, Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France with more than 65% of the vote on Sunday (7 May). EURACTIV France reports.
Politics 03-05-2017

French researcher: Hollande could have been much ‘more proactive’

A failure on domestic issues, but a success on security. Or at least more so. As the second and final round of the French presidential elections is about to take place, Christian Lequesne spoke to EURACTIV Slovakia about François Hollande's legacy.
Development Policy 18-10-2016

French auditors launch assault on ‘Solidarity Tax’ for world aid

France's Solidarity Tax on air travel is a major source of funding for health programmes in the world's poorest countries. But Paris auditors have said it unfairly penalises Air France. EURACTIV France reports.
21-09-2016

The Brief: Roaming U-turn not worth the effort

The European Commission today set out its latest plan to abolish EU mobile roaming charges by 2017.
Global Europe 07-09-2016

Slovak diplomat recycles famous Chirac sentence

The Slovak ambassador to Belgium told an audience today (7 September) that older EU members shouldn’t “miss the opportunity” to listen the messages of the Visegrad Group (V4) at the forthcoming Bratislava summit on the future of the EU after Brexit.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Juncker: We are not at war with Slovakia, we are friends

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sought to downplay the impression that tensions are building as a result of the push of member states, under the leadership of the Slovak presidency which started today (1 July), to repatriate powers at the expense of the Union’s institutions.
Brexit 29-03-2016

Psychoanalyst: ‘Reactance’ could determine Brexit

Lessons from the 2015 Greek referendum, and France's rejection of the European Constitution in 2005, could help the EU avoid a Brexit. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Development Policy 19-12-2014

France cuts AIDS budget

Budgetary austerity and commitments to fight the Ebola epidemic have forced France to cut its contributions to UNITAID, the international organisation that provides access to AIDS treatments in poor countries. EURACTIV France reports

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